Italian Basil Pesto

Make this pesto recipe when basil is being harvested in abundance. Enjoy some right away, and freeze some for later use. Preparation Time:  20 minutes Cooking Time:  7 minutes Yields:  2 cups Ingredients: 4 cups lightly packed fresh Italian basil leaves, blanched 2 quarts water (for blanching) 1 tbsp kosher salt Ice water bath 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Reggiano 1/4 cup toasted … Continue reading Italian Basil Pesto

Roasted Vegetables with Mustard Oil and Indian Five Spice (Panch Phoron)

Indian food is very aromatic and this dish uses “Panch Phoron”, a classic spice mix of fenugreek, fennel, black mustard, cumin, and nigella seeds.  The spicy and aromatic mixture of seeds may be used whole or ground. Our globe eggplants, carrots, and green beans are abundant now, so we are using them in this recipe.  We added carrots for their sweetness, to balance the spiciness of this exotic and … Continue reading Roasted Vegetables with Mustard Oil and Indian Five Spice (Panch Phoron)

Arugula Salad with Shaved Fennel, Orange Supremes, Roselle Hibiscus Vinaigrette, and garnished with Crispy Leeks, and Greek Feta

Our favorite salads always have a lot of flavor and hit every taste bud and texture.  This salad has it all: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami tastes, plus crispy, crunchy, and creamy textures. One of our friends makes a delicious roselle jam using the roselle hibiscus flowers we grow on our farm; we use that jam to make this vinaigrette which adds a bright lemony flavor and … Continue reading Arugula Salad with Shaved Fennel, Orange Supremes, Roselle Hibiscus Vinaigrette, and garnished with Crispy Leeks, and Greek Feta

Curried Curly Endive Soup with Romanesco

Many thanks to Chef Instructor Jason Osborne and the student chefs at Charlotte Technical College for creating and preparing this delicious recipe for our farm members! Ingredients: 4 TBSP Olive Oil ½ TBSP Ginger, Fresh, Minced ½ TBSP Garlic, Fresh Minced 2 each Scallions, Sliced 1 ea Jalapeno, Minced ½ Cup Worden Farm Yellow Onions, Fresh Minced 2 each Worden Farm Carrots, small dice 1 … Continue reading Curried Curly Endive Soup with Romanesco

Chimichurri Many Ways

Summer is fast approaching, and that means grilling.  One of our favorite condiments or sauces to put on grilled veggies is chimichurri, a traditional Argentinian sauce made with parsley, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper.  There are many other variations that include oregano, rosemary, lemon zest, and even sun-dried tomatoes for a red version. Classic green chimichurri with parsley, garlic, … Continue reading Chimichurri Many Ways

Caramelized Spring Onion and Roasted Tomato Herbed Galette with Greek Feta

Most of us in the U.S. have had sweet galettes with fruit-based fillings but we are going the savory route with this recipe.  We use caramelized Spring onions as the base filling and top them with oven roasted Roma tomatoes and Feta cheese.  We also add garlic, basil, and oregano to the half all purpose and whole wheat (both organic) dough to give the hearty … Continue reading Caramelized Spring Onion and Roasted Tomato Herbed Galette with Greek Feta

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

We have really enjoyed the tomatoes this season.  There are many ways to preserve tomatoes to enjoy them later in the year when the tomato season has ended. Roasting tomatoes and freezing them is one way to make sure you can enjoy them up to six months later. Here, we use Roma tomatoes, but if you use cherry, grape, or slicer tomatoes, adjust the cooking … Continue reading Oven Roasted Tomatoes